In the summer of 1985, Marion Scott, then Director of Bands at Brevard Community College (BCC), offered a college course called “reading band.” He intended that this provide a performance outlet for adult musicians in the area and that the group form a nucleus of a Community Band in the fall. Approximately 30 players met each Wednesday during the summer term and sight-read through a variety of selections. Participants were so enthusiastic that they asked Mr. Scott to extend these sessions past the official end of the BCC summer session.
During that summer an organizing committee was formed that elected officers and proceeded to plan for the Community Band to begin in the fall. Brevard Community College made a major commitment of support
The customers of The Community Band of Brevard are its members, audiences, and community. The Band will strive to always be aware of its customers’ needs, and will actively search for opportunities to improve in satisfying those needs.
The Community Band of Brevard exists to educate its members, to entertain its audiences, and to serve its community.
For audiences, the Band will provide entertaining concerts of music performed at
The Community Band of Brevard will continually improve in satisfying its members, audiences, and community. Consequently, the time will come when the Band is a truly superior Community Band which has a waiting list of those who want to join, always plays to a packed house, and has the strength of a broad base of community support.
Marion A. Scott, a native of South Carolina, taught in Brevard County, Florida schools for 39 years. From 1959 to 1965 he served as Band Director at Southwest Junior High School in Melbourne. In 1965 he founded the Merritt Island High School Band when the school opened, and directed the group until 1975. The school’s instrumental program included a 230-piece marching band, wind ensemble, symphonic band, woodwind and brass ensemble classes, concert band, two jazz ensembles, and a jazz theory
L to R: D. Scarborough, M. Varuska, F. Youmans, M. Scott, T. Poppell, P. Klaus, C. Miller, M. Freeman
Chairman — David Scarborough
Vice Chairman — Fran Youmans
Personnel Manager — Marjorie Varuska
Business Manager — Connie Miller
Publicity/Advertising Coordinator — Mike Freeman
Equipment Manager — David Douglass
Librarians — Paige Klaus, Cheree Coleman, Marianne Rigolini
Secretary — Terri Poppell
† denotes Section Leader
* denotes Charter Member who participated in the Band's premiere performance on 11/21/1985
Flute / Piccolo — Jodi Boeddeker, Sara Bryan, Caitlyn Button, Kitty Colman†, Michael Freeman*, Paige Klaus, Bart Lipofsky*, Donna MacDonald*, Connie Miller, Jennifer Reeg, Alice Reshel, Marjorie Varuska, Carolyn Ward
Oboe — Jane Francoeur†, Dee Pait, Michelle Pittman, Marianne Rigolini
Bassoon — Mike McLaughlin, Robert Sawyer
Bb Clarinet — Kathlyn Condy, James Deal, Rudy
The CBOB Board of Directors will enforce a policy of religious neutrality in the music the Band performs in concert. It is important, and the Band’s goal, that all people in the Band and in its audience feel comfortable with the music we perform. Religious music may be included in our concerts only if it has a long history of performance and has achieved wide recognition as either a great musical work or as a popular song.